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For Larry

$7,833 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 98 people in 4 months
Created April 10, 2018
Dear Family and Friends;

    I am starting this GoFundMe page for my brother.
 
   Larry Manuel has cancer. While he is fighting his cancer, he is losing his home, his dream, his sanctuary. Though he has not quite gotten to this stage yet, the way things are going it is inevitable without help. He is unable to work and can not keep up with the normal costs of living, let alone the extra costs that come with fighting this illness (travel, parking, prescriptions, special diet etc..) I hope this campaign will help him save his home so he can stay focused solely on his battle and eventual recovery. Larry would say that he is not deserving of the world's help - but anyone who knows him would definitely disagree.
   
   My brother Larry was diagnosed with Stage 4 Squamous Cell Oropharyngeal Cancer on January 29 2018. This is a fancy way of saying that he has cancer of the base of his tongue. It has been classed stage 4, not because there is no hope for survival, but because of its sheer size and advancement. At the time of diagnoses, the cancer had invaded half of his tongue, a good portion of the floor of his mouth, advanced up into the tissues of his cheek, 1 tonsil and 2 lymph nodes. he is currently in treatment. Strong radiation 5 days a week for 7 weeks, as well as having chemotherapy treatments every 3 weeks (these are exceptionally brutal) This road will be long and difficult. 

   If you are like me however you will still want a little more back story, so here goes...

   Let me start this part by saying that my brother is a generous and hard working family man. He has a big heart and seems to end up in roll of 'Good Samaritan' quite often. I think, even though he is very humble and becomes uncomfortable when I sing his praises, it is an important thing for me to mention.  He is the guy who would bend over backward for a total stranger even if it meant breaking his own back.
 
   Due to pre existing health issues (Auto Immune) Larry in recent years had to shift his work habits from secure full-time employment to working for himself- contracting himself out to do landscaping, home repair, as well as some home repo cleaning and refurbishing. Some of those jobs were hard and down right nasty but Larry did it all with a smile on his face and a song in his heart knowing he was able to provide for his family.
   
   Unfortunately this type of work provided no safety net. He is unable to claim unemployment, there is no health insurance in place, no benefits of any kind. 

   Larry's cancer was left undiagnosed since July when he began experiencing extreme pain, chronic fatigue, difficulties eating and even swallowing. Countless emergency room trips and clinic visits turned up nothing. They didn't look very hard (not bashing.. just stating facts) The symptoms increased and his physical and emotional health deteriorated. He has only been able to work part time since September and has completely been unable to work since December.
   
   This has put his family under a great deal of emotional, physical and financial stress. Resources are exhausted and the past due notices are mounting. The family and closest friends that were able, have helped as much as possible. Borrowing more is not an option because Larry would not be able to pay back what he needs. His wife Shannon is working as many long hours as she can. However she is having to miss days at work to be there for him.. trying to help him through this tough and trying life event. Regardless.. her income would never be enough to carry it all on its own.  There are 2 teenage children also in the home and Larry and Shannon are doing their best to keep their lives as unchanged as possible. 

I reach out now to ask for your help.
Please give if you are able.
Share on social media as much as possible.
All money raised will go completely to Larry Manuel.

                                  Thank You All.
                                               Susie Manuel
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I want to send a huge thank you out to all that have donated on and shared this page. I would like to ask that if you haven’t shared or it’s has been a while since you shared this page, would you mind doing that now. We are still quite a ways from our goal. We do have up coming fundraisers coming up that you can find on my face book page.. but even with moneys we raise at those 2 events (Out of the Woods paint night at Broadway Bar and Grill in Rockland on June 22 and the Craft and Vendor Show at Jean-Marc Lalonde Arena in Rockland on the June 23) we will still be short. I personally would like to see us exceed our 10,000 goal. Larry is still hanging in there some good days and definitely still some bad ones and is no where near physically able to go back to work. As I have said before.. it will be the middle of August before he even gets scans done to see if his treatment worked or if he will have to continue with further treatment plans (praying it worked )
My husband Henry and I will be going to see Larry and Shannon this weekend. I will post an update after the weekend and let you all know how the events go.. and how Larry and the family are doing. God bless and again.. thank you all.. please share
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Larry is doing well. He is pushing hard and trying to bounce back from his treatment. That being said.. though the radiation treatments are done his body will continue ‘cooking’ from it for months. There could still be side effects and rough days ahead. He will not be having a scan until mid August to find out if the treatment has successfully killed his cancer... but we are incredibly hopeful. Keep pushing forward Larry. We are all cheering you on. Please keep sharing and help us reach Larry’s goal so he can keep rebuilding himself and not have to worry about going back to work at this time.
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We are up and awake .. getting ready to go into Ottawa for Larry’s last radiation treatment. He will ring that bell at the cancer centre today with the family members that could be here surrounding him. He knows that family and friends alike that are not there physically will be there in spirit cheering from the sidelines. I will post more later on my Facebook page. xo
Thank you again for your continued support and please keep sharing this page to help Larry reach his goal.
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I am sitting with Larry in his backyard.. so good to be here with him today.. today he is having a good day and is quite social.. nice to see him looking and feeling a bit like his old self. That being said.. he is not even done his treatment until Tuesday.. so who knows what tomorrow will be like for him. I hope all of his days are up days.. and will be here (as I know his family and friends will be) if they are not. #ManuelStrong #WeGotThis #CancerSucks
Please don’t forget to check my timeline for all of the exciting fundraising things going on ☺️ thank you all
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$7,833 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 98 people in 4 months
Created April 10, 2018
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JC
$500
Jim & Denise Carty
21 days ago
MM
$20
Michele Manuel
28 days ago
ML
$20
Michael Lifshitz
1 month ago
$500
Anonymous
1 month ago
MB
$50
Micheline Bole
1 month ago
AB
$50
Adrian Bole
1 month ago
DB
$180
Danika Brazeau
1 month ago
LS
$30
Lynn St-Onge
2 months ago
MH
$30
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2 months ago
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